Youth In Afforestation Declare Sit-Down Strike Over Unpaid Allowances
The Personnel of the Youth in Afforestation program has started a sit-down strike in protest over unpaid allowances which have been in arrears for the past five months.
According to them, several efforts to get the allowances paid have proved undesirable.
The national leader for the Youth in Afforestation program, Rev. Clement Asare, disclosed during an interview with the Accra base radio station that, his members will not participate in the upcoming Green Ghana tree planting project as a result of the arrears until it has been paid into their account.
Rev. Asare also said, “If the government doesn’t pay them, they will not take part in the Green Ghana project and their sit-down strike started today. The work that they are doing to prepare for Green Ghana, they have called it off.
They are not going to work until the government pays them. I had a conversation with the Deputy CEO of the Forestry Commission and according to her, they are doing all they can, and it is left with the Finance Ministry to pay us.”
In March 2022, the group made a similar demand for their allowances and a month earlier the group protested over their allowances, which had been in arrears for five months, prompting authorities to make two months’ payments.
Then the government launched the Green Ghana project was launched with the aim of restoring the forest cover of the country and hoping to plant twenty (20) million trees this year.